Whilst the prohibition of exploitative abuse - in particular, of excessive pricing - is normally the most protective of consumers, it is the least frequently prosecuted offence. This paradox, which is justified by the existence of strong conceptual objections and practical difficulties, may appear immutable. However, despite the appealing character of the current state of play, some recent signals may suggest a possible revival of exploitative abuse. The present article proposes to analyse those signals. It also advocates a calibrated «revamping» of exploitative abuse and sets out some reflections on how its implementation could be improved, in particular in the perspective of the development of private enforcement.
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